A Tiny And Colorful Literary Journal

Archive for July, 2018

July, 2018

Dear readers and contributors,

I apologize for the late posting of this issue!  It’s a tiny one, too.  And I’ve included a piece of my own.  I hope you enjoy.


Pink Bikini by Nicole Monaghan

She wants coves, coconuts, indigenous lizards.

She wants the ocean.

She was six then sixteen.

I will gather her the whole sea in my arms.


Nicole Monaghan is founding and managing editor of Nailpolish Stories, a Tiny and Colorful Literary Journal.  Her collection of small fictions Want, Wound won the Burning River Contest in 2013.  She is editor of STRIPPED (PS Books 2011), an anthology of anonymous flash fiction featuring nearly fifty writers of flash across the country and the world.  Her work appears in many venues both online and in print.  Visit her at http://www.writenic.wordpress.com



Garage Band by Erin Adams

She shimmies under, hopeful

Three-chord thrum stops, drummer makes a fat joke

She dumps someone’s mom’s lemon squares in her purse,

hits the opener button.


Erin Adams is author of the novel, Wait for the Light, and she works as a freelance copywriter when she’s not being lazy. Her brilliant husband, ill-behaved dogs, and talented writer friends are her greatest inspirations. You can find out more about Erin at http://www.erin-adams.com


Three pieces by Clarissa McFairy

Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. 

He never gave her roses, only mimosas. Mimosa wedding bouquet. Mimosa petals on honeymoon bed. Mimosa cocktails in bathtub. Mimosa kisses. Then she drowned him.


Nein! Nein! Nein! OK, Fine!

“Enough booze! Gimme that bottle, Kat. How many lives d’you think you’ve got?” “Nein! Nein! Nein! OK, Fine!”, sobs Katinka, kissing her ninth Hansa goodbye.


Nein! Nein! Nein! OK, Fine!

One more kiss, Brunhilda. Nein! Nein! Nein! OK, Fine! Her smouldering lips sink into his neck. Afterwards, he phones room service for a Bloody Mary.


Clarissa McFairy lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She writes short stories and poetry for anthologies, at home and abroad. Her poem, La Mia Musawas a vox poetica 2012 Best of the Net nominee. Her poetry book, Strange Bedfellows, published in the USA (Red Dashboard LLC Publishing) is available at Amazon.com. Clarissa says she writes as the muse grabs her and whirls her around the dance floor of life.




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